Words have power, a lot of power. What you say and how you say it may mean one thing to you and something completely different to person on the receiving end or vice versa.
Words like work, exercise, physical, diet all have dictionary definitions and they also have a definition that we feel when we say and hear them.
For many people, especially busy moms, each of these words brings up a sense of dread and overwhelm. It is difficult, as I’ve previously written, to lose weight when you are in a place of dread and overwhelm.
What is a busy mom to do?
Remember that there is more to getting physical activity than just going to the gym. Playing with your child counts, household chores count, walking counts.
Walking is great exercise, if you walk for 5 minutes 6 times a day you will have a 30-minute walk under your belt before you know it. Swimming is also great exercise and if you have kids in a pool what a great way to have some family fun.
We often think that it is much more difficult to get physical activity into our daily lives than it really is. If you get a pedometer and track the number of steps you get in a day, you will see how quickly small things can add up, by the way 10,000 steps a day is the recommended number of steps.
Here are some ways to add more steps to your day:
- Park at the back of the parking lot when you go to the store. This will require you to take more steps to get to the door.
- When going to the mall make sure you walk all the levels.
- Have walking meetings whenever possible instead of sitting at the desk (this might be difficult if you work in corporate America).
- Trade in the riding mower for a push mover.
- Sweep your driveway.
- Take the stairs every chance you get.
- Add music to your mopping and vacuuming for additional calorie burnings, you can dance and clean at the same time.